April 15th may be Tax Day, but this year, FX is trying to make it real good, then: The network announced today that it will premiere Fargo that night at 10 p.m.The 10-episode limited series, an adaptation of the Coen Brothers’ Oscar-winning crime drama, will offer up a new story and unique characters. Billy Bob Thornton stars as a slippery man who crosses paths with a small-town insurance man played by Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks assumes the role of a single-dad Duluth Police deputy and Allison Tolman plays a Bemidji deputy. The cast also includes Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh and Glenn Howerton, while Joel and Ethan Cohen are serving as executive producers of the series.
During a Q&A session for Fargo today at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Thornton explained his reasons for signing on to Fargo and delving into the world of TV. “When I was coming up, if you went to television from film, it meant something was wrong. You might as well be on Hollywood Squares,” he said. “And now it’s the opposite. Actors, especially my peers — the guys I came up with, and I could name some: Dennis Quaid, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Kevin Costner… — the movies we were accustomed to doing in the ’80s, ’90s and into the early 2000s, they were the mid-level movies for studios and higher budget independent films. That’s especially where I lived. That doesn’t really exist anymore. The motion picture studios make bigger movies, they make broad comedies and actions movies and movies where vampires are all models…. At one point or the other, television has now take that spot. So for actors who want to do really dramatic work or work with dark humor and drama, you kind of have to do it on television, and it’s a great opportunity to develop a character over a period of time…. If you want to be a celebrity, just go to the dentist in Beverly Hills and punch somebody or something. If you want to be an actor, get on a really good series on television because that’s where it’s at.”
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